Iraqi Prime Minister Al-Maliki vows to seek third mandate

(AGI) Baghdad, July 4 - Despite increasing internal andinternational pressure to resign, outgoing Iraqi Prime MinisterNouri Al-Maliki has said he is still seeking a thirdconsecutive mandate. In an oblique response to Grand AyatollahAli Al-Sistani's rebuke that parliament had failed to form anew government and act against the jihadist offensive, he saidhe would never withdraw his candidacy. Sistani is Iraq'sgreatest Shiite spiritual leader, with followers all over theworld. . .

(AGI) Baghdad, July 4 - Despite increasing internal andinternational pressure to resign, outgoing Iraqi Prime MinisterNouri Al-Maliki has said he is still seeking a thirdconsecutive mandate. In an oblique response to Grand AyatollahAli Al-Sistani's rebuke that parliament had failed to form anew government and act against the jihadist offensive, he saidhe would never withdraw his candidacy. Sistani is Iraq'sgreatest Shiite spiritual leader, with followers all over theworld. . .